When Cultural Scripts Collide: Conflicting Child-rearing Values in a Mixed-culture Home

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Abstract

This paper discusses some key differences between the child-rearing values of American-English culture and Hong Kong-Cantonese culture. Evidence is drawn from contrasts in the child-rearing-related speech behaviour of people from the two cultures, including the American English-speaking author and his Hong Kong Cantonese-speaking partner. Speaker-oriented cultural scripts written in the natural semantic metalanguage are developed in an attempt to articulate and explain these differences in verbal behaviour. It is proposed that a major contrast between the two cultures is whether or not parents believe children can or should determine for themselves what is appropriate to say and do.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-392
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • American English
  • Child-rearing
  • Cultural Scripts
  • Hong Kong Cantonese
  • Natural Semantic Metalanguage

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